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What to do in Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s biggest and most modern city. With stunning architecture, heaps of attractions, and great shopping destinations, the locals are truly proud of their city.
In fact, they call Shanghai “Modu” which means “Magic City”. And many travellers would agree with the nickname because visiting Shanghai is like exploring an entirely different country from the rest of China.
Start your Shanghai trip and visit the city’s top tourist attractions like the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. Culture vultures will love spending hours at the Shanghai Museum. And for a spiritual twist, just head to the Jade Buddha Temple.
Feast your eyes on the city’s amazing architecture. For the classic style, check out the ancient buildings at the Bund and the French Concession. The Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, and Shanghai World Financial Center embody Shanghai’s modern architecture.
Take as many photos as you want of the city because you’ll find many spots to take the best pictures of Shanghai. You can go to the Bund waterfront for a great view of the Huangpu River, and for a small fee you can go above the clouds at the Oriental Pearl Tower and the observation deck of Shanghai’s World Financial Center.
If you’ve got some Yuan left, experience Shanghai shopping and stroll through the popular Nanjing Road and the Yuyuan Bazaar, or save your pocket money for tasty treats at the Wujiang Road snack street.
When to visit Shanghai
The best time to visit Shanghai is autumn, from the second week of October to November, for pleasant weather and fewer crowds.
Shanghai has many dialects like Shanghainese, but Mandarin is mostly used. Locals speak English in top hotels and major tourist attractions, but it’s best you bring a Mandarin phrase book or a good language app to help you.
Before flying to Shanghai, make sure you secure a visa because Australians need it when traveling to China. Find out which travel visa you need and check out the Embassy of The People's Republic of China in Australia.
Travelling to and around Shanghai
From Australia, you’ll be landing in Shanghai Pudong International Airport. But if you’re flying from other countries, you could also land in Shanghai Honqiao International Airport. From there, you can reach the city centre by shuttle bus, subway, and taxi, plus the Maglev train for Pudong.
Wander Shanghai by riding the subway, Maglev train, bus, taxi, or ferry. But we recommend you take the subway since it’s the easiest and most efficient way to travel. Here’s the English subway map to get you started.
See the lights and the sights that make this city magical and book your Shanghai flights with Skiddoo today.
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